Bob passed away on April
12, 1958, and
Keith passed away on Feb.
Bob was very ill, Arline picked out a black dress with
leopard skin buttons and belt for Lorraine from the
catalogue. Lorraine was helping Aunt Esther do the
dishes when she got the news that Bob had died. She
wanted to put the dress on right away but Grandma Hein
When I was in the hospital
holding Bobís hand, I fell asleep with my head on the
bed. When I woke up there was a black hat on my head.
Viola had been downtown and seen the hat and knew that I
would need one soon. She brought it to the hospital and
when she saw that I was asleep, she quietly put it on my
head and left.
On that Saturday, Uncle
Elson and I were sitting in the hospital with Bob, when
Clarence came in and insisted that I go back to his
house to have a rest. I did not want to, but finally
agreed, and Viola made sure I went upstairs to bed. I
was only up there about 10 minutes when I came down and
told her I had to go back to the hospital immediately.
Clarence told me that I needed some rest. I said, "If
you donít take me right now, I will get a taxi, because
I have to go now." Clarence drove me there and I was
only with Bob 10 to 15 minutes before he died.
after Bob passed away, Aunt Esther was looking for the
boys and couldnít find them. They were out by the
henhouse looking for the bright star. Someone had said
that their daddy would be a bright star in the sky. They
said they were waiting for the star. When I came out
they said, "No, thatís not the one" and then finally,
"Thatís the one." On the night before Keithís funeral, I
was looking out the window at Bob and Carolynís and saw
2 bright stars side by side.